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The Man Who Blew Away 

The Meldrews get a surprise visit from Mr. Foskett, whom they know only because they stayed in the same guest house 17 years ago.

Director:

Susan Belbin

Writers:

David Renwick, David Renwick (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Wilson ... Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie ... Margaret Meldrew
Janine Duvitski ... Pippa
Angus Deayton ... Patrick
Brian Murphy ... Mr Foskett
Daniel Smith Daniel Smith ... Ian Grimwade
Ryan O'Leary Ryan O'Leary ... Neil Grimwade
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Mr. Foskett, a holiday acquaintance of the Meldrews' from some years ago, visits accompanied by two small boys whom the Meldrews realize are not his sons only after they have all eaten a meal. Foskett was previously suicidal following his first wife's death but has now remarried. Unfortunately he learns that his wife has left him and locks himself in the bathroom; later, wearing only a towel, he tries to jump off the roof. He's taken to the police station, where he kills himself. The return of the Meldrews' stolen car is no comfort. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1994 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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The Laughing Policeman
Composed by George W. Johnson
Written by Mabel Penrose aka Billie Grey
Sung by Charles Penrose
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Finland! That car couldn't get to Finchley!
18 December 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Victor and Margaret are kept awake through the night by a neighbour's party, the next morning things take a turn for the worse when Mr Foskett turns up, a man they met on holiday some seventeen years ago.

A great job was done turning this one into a Christmas special. All in all I would say this is one of the very best. It's an amazing episode, a mix of pure joy and total sadness, it is flawless.

We have the incredible laughs from the car, the laughing policeman and of course the unwelcome visitor. All of that humour is balanced out by the sadness of Mr Foskett, Brian Murphy is terrific as the tragic figure.

Some of the one liners in here are absolutely incredible, the writing is first class.

An absolute classic. 10/10


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